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Zambia is known as the land of the legendary African walking safari. It is a country that offers remarkable natural beauty, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, the spectacular Victoria Falls as well as the mighty Zambezi River where visitors can enjoy thrilling white water rafting excursions. Zambia is known as a vibrant and friendly country with an abundance of wildlife and prolific birdlife. Livingstone and Lusaka are the two major towns, the rest of Zambia is rustic, untouched and unspoilt. This country truly is a diamond in the rough !
Apart from Victoria Falls, Zambia is home to 17 beautiful waterfalls and 19 national parks offering visitors some of the best safari experiences on the planet. Zambia has the largest water resources in the entire southern Africa with 5 enormous lakes and many rivers offering fantastic fishing and canoeing opportunities. Zambia is home to some of the finest game reserves in Africa and offers visitors a traditional bush experience.
South Luangwa National Park is wild and remote; situated at the southern end of the Great Rift Valley offering an abundance of wildlife that is rarely seen in other game reserves and is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.
Kafue National Park is Zambia’s oldest and largest National Park and the second largest National Park in the world at 22 400 square kilometres offering fantastic wildlife and birdlife.
Lower Zambezi National Park is situated opposite the legendary and wildlife rich Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe, hence the entire area offers a massive wildlife sanctuary.
The game parks in Zambia are a nature-lover's paradise. Visitors can enjoy fantastic bird watching as well as incredible game viewing opportunities. The rivers in Zambia play host to an abundance of wildlife and with its rich vegetation it provides high concentrations of wildlife.
Guests can expect to see massive herds of elephant and buffalo as well as dominant antelope species such as impala and puku. Other antelope include common waterbuck, bushbuck, eland, kudu, grysbok, oribi, reedbuck, Lichtenstein's hartebeest, sable and roan. Species such as Thornicroft's giraffe and Cookson's wildebeest occur nowhere else in the world but here. The major predators are lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog.
Activities at the camps and lodges vary and may include game drives, night drives, guided walking safaris, canoeing, river cruises as well as specialist birding and walking safaris. The sunsets and scenery in Zambia are simply magnificent and the stargazing at night incredible.
Sun Safaris can arrange scheduled flights for visitors from all major airports into Zambia. Many airlines fly in and out of Lusaka International Airport, including Zambezi Airways, British Airways, South African Airways, Air France, Air Botswana, Air Zimbabwe and more. Guests can also fly into Livingstone airport. Once you arrive in the country Sun Safaris will arrange a road and/or air transfer for you to your choice of accommodation. Guests can also opt to charter into some of the remote camps in Zambia or take a helicopter transfer.
Zambia has 3 definite seasons being the rainy season which starts in November and last until April when it is warm, humid and wet; this season is also known as the Emerald Season. May is the end of the rainy season and the start of winter or the dry season and continues until August when the days are cool and dry.
September and October are hot and dry with October being the hottest month of the year. Average temperatures in summer range from 25°C to 35°C and in winter from 6°C to 24°C.
Busanga Bush Camp a small tented safari camp offering guests a traditional safari experience with fantastic wildlife viewing and incredible birding. Lufupa Tented Camp offers a beautiful river setting overlooking the Kafue River in a remote part of Zambia. Chindeni Tented Camp offers only 4 traditional safari tents with the emphasis on service and exclusivity.
Chamilandu Camp is luxurious and guests can enjoy a unique tree-house setting with safari units raised off the ground maximizing the views of the surrounding area and wildlife sightings. Kasaka River Lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River offering magnificent views and fantastic wildlife viewing. Old Mondoro is renowned for its wild dog sightings as well as fantastic guiding and incredible game viewing in general.
Known by the locals as the “Smoke that Thunders” the spectacular Victoria Falls can be viewed from both Zambia as well as Zimbabwe. The town of Livingstone offers a unique and magnificent location along the famous Zambezi River in Zambia situated close to the Victoria Falls; one of the most fascinating natural wonders in the world. Livingstone offers superb accommodation and guests are spoilt for choice; from the luxurious David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa to cosy and comfortable bush tents situated along the Zambezi River, Livingstone offers something to suit everyone. Guests can enjoy a variety of adventure and outdoor activities including bungi jumping, white water rafting, and elephant back safaris, romantic sunset cruises, game drives, guided bush walks or a helicopter trip over Victoria Falls. The Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is nearby and offers a variety of wildlife activities; guests can expect to see a variety of antelope species, white rhino, hippos and crocodiles and magnificent birding.
The countryside in this part of Zambia, the Luangwa Valley, is truly spectacular; The vegetation is thick and a lush riverine forest occurs, which is green all year round. Bordering the river's western banks are the North and South Luangwa National Parks separated by the 30km Munyamadzi corridor. The remote bush camps in South Luangwa National Park operate from May through October. They close during the green season, November to March, also called the “Emerald Season” when access into the park is practically impossible. There are only a few permanent lodges operating in South Luangwa National Park. They remain open all year, catering mainly to birdwatchers during the green season. The South Luangwa National Park is remote and private and renowned for offering an abundance of wildlife, as well as, some of the best walking safaris in Zambia.
The Kafue National Park is situated in a remote and untouched corner of Zambia and offers visitors an incredible safari experience. The Kafue National Park is known for its enormous herds of red lechwe, puku and roan antelope, the rare sitatunga antelope as well as an abundance of predators especially lion and leopard. The Kafue River in the Kafue National Park assists in the great diversity of wildlife and birdlife in the region and the landscape consists of rolling grass plains and forests. The majority of the park is wooded offering the ideal habitat for bird-life however it opens up at certain areas with wide green clearings known as ‘dambos’, where an abundance of antelope species can be found; this in return offer good hunting opportunities and is also where predators such as leopard and lion can be found. The scenic Busanga Plains in the north is a highlight and a significant wetland resource in Zambia; one of the few still untouched by human development.
The Lower Zambezi National Park offers a superb location in Zambia and occupies an area of approximately 4092 square kilometers with 120kms of river frontage. The park is characterized by its unique features; the rugged escarpment to the north, the river itself, a variety of islands, lagoons and floodplains playing host to an enormous amount of wildlife. The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to about 50 mammal species and 400 bird species as well as a wide variety of beautiful trees and flowers. The area is still untouched and promises a unique safari experience. Qualified and experienced guides will accompany guests on a variety of activities on offer in the Lower Zambezi National Park; activities in the camps may vary but most include bush walks, canoeing, fishing, game drives and river safaris. The Lower Zambezi National Park offers one of the best safari experiences in Zambia.
Liuwa Plain National Park offers visitors a private and personal safari experience; the park is visited by few people and offers the ideal conditions for guests looking for an active and traditional safari experience in Africa. The park is remote and untouched and exploring the plains on a guided walking safari or game drive will be an experience unique to Liuwa. Highlights in Liuwa Plain National Park include fantastic bird-life, magical sunsets and clear blue skies; the stargazing is phenomenal and the magnificent landscapes offer unique photographic opportunities. Liuwa Plain National Park offers a remote location in the far west of Zambia and offers incredible birding with many water species as well as good general game viewing. Wildlife that can be seen includes thousands of blue wildebeest, hyena, wild dog, lion, zebra, serval wildcat and general plains game. Liuwa is Africa at its best, wild and untouched.
The North Luangwa National Park in Zambia has been ranked by many visitors as one of the best wildlife parks in Africa due to the successful conservation efforts of famous researchers. North Luangwa National Park is not open to the public and unless guests have been booked into one of the seasonal camps, they will not be allowed into the park. North Luangwa National Park is famous for its remote and incredible walking safaris. Activities at the camps vary but most include limited game drives and walking safaris accompanied by expert guides. This remote and unspoiled corner of Zambia is famous for its large herds of buffalo; has a healthy predator population and offers guests a superb safari experience. North Luangwa National Park is ideal for guests looking for an active and adventure-filled safari experience. The diversity of habitats, mopane forests, lush riverine forests and sausage trees are simply incredible and in turn also offers some of the best bird-watching in Zambia.